Scientific Name: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Habitat: riverbanks, lakes, streams
Diet: grasses, aquatic vegetation, tree bark, grains
Life span: 8-10 years (12 years in captivity)
Young: 2-8 young
Size: 45.5 kg (100 lbs)
Capybaras are the world’s largest rodents and live in groups of 10-20 animals.
They dive into the water for safety from their enemies.
They communicate with each other through barks, whistles and grunts. The bump on their nose releases a scent that biologists believe is used for marking territory or communication.
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